Known for her unique voice, and fascinating stage presence, Nicks was arguably the star of the band. There is more to Stevie than her story with the band. We have gathered some facts and figures, just so you can get to know her a little better.
Steteedee Teedee Stevie
In 1948, in Arizona USA, a baby girl was born under the name of Stephanie Lynn Nicks, but how did that turn into Stevie? As a toddler, Stephanie became Tee-dee. From Teedee to Stevie, the path was short.
Stevie says that she has been known as Stevie ever since she can remember herself, and no one has ever called her by her birth name, Stephanie. The name Stevie for a girl has become popular in modern times, so it seems that Nicks will be leaving after her passing much more than just music.
When it comes to moving around a lot as a kid, Stevie is no stranger. Stevie Nicks had her share of moving about due to her father's position as a corporate executive.
Throughout her childhood, she lived in New Mexico, California, Utah, and others. Her parent's lifestyle and obligations that came with her father's role gave her the ability to explore so many states as a child.
The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree
When Stevie was five years old, her grandfather (Aaron Jess "A.J." Nicks) wanted to take her on tour. He himself was a country singer and obviously passed on the good genes to her.
Throughout his life (and hers) he encouraged her to sing (they sang the first duet when she was four years old), bought her records, and realized very early in life that the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
An Early Start
At the age of 16, Stevie Nicks wrote her first song. She wrote it on the day she received her first guitar, on her sixteenth birthday. Stevie says, that looking back this was indeed a silly song to write, however, it reflected her feelings after experiencing a first real heartbreak.
She had a crush on some kid in school, and the words poured out after he apparently looked at her a few times. The affair between them never happened, and the song is basically a sixteen-year-old's beautiful pure imagination. Stevie was born to write, and what a wonderful writer she is.
Music no doubt runs in Stevie's veins. This is not something new and has been a fact since day one. During her rebellious teenage years, she would sit in her bedroom and play her cherished recorded over and over again.
She created her own little galaxy in there, that later in life was shared with the rest of the world. Stevie has said that "There is nothing in the world that can fill my soul up like music" and with her reputation, we can see why.
A Change of Plans
Even though Stevie was introduced to music at a very young age, and it fulfilled a major part in her life while she was growing up, it appears to be that being a musician was not always what she planned to do in life. During her university years, accompanied by her high school sweetheart Lindsey Buckingham, she was planning to study speech communication.
The romance was still not lit between the two, and a musical career was not at the top of her priority list. She is definitely using her vocals and definitely communicating these days but in a completely different way.
Working Nine to Five
Stevie Nicks didn't always have a glamorous life of a rockstar. Before they became famous, and before their songs became huge hits, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had it tough. They had no money, and no success and the relationship was always on the rocks.
Buckingham spent his days writing music and trying to make their dreams come true, while Nicks waited on tables and cleaned houses. Only after joining Fleetwood Mac, the tables turned for them and the way from there was only up.
The Begining of the Fleet
1974 was the year Fleetwood Mac started to shape like the band we are familiar with today. Stevie's music producer at the time introduced "Summer Love" (Lindsey and Stevie's song) to Mick Fleetwood, the band's drummer. Not too many days had to go by before a proposal was made.
Fleetwood wanted Buckingham as the band's new guitar player. Buckingham agreed, with one condition. "You see that stunning blond, with that amazing voice-over there?" Well if you want me, you have to have her as well (referring to Stevie Nicks of course.) And the rest is history.
A Three Month Affair
Stevie Nick's biggest regret is for some people, their greatest blessing. Marriage. She married her best friend's widower, Kim Anderson. Kim was married to Robin Anderson who passed away shortly after giving birth to their son.
Stevie's purpose for marrying Kim was to take care of his newborn child, which she did and still does up until today. As fast as this relationship began, that's how fast it ended. They divorced three months later, and Stevie has remained single ever since.
There is no doubt that Rumours (1977) is Fleetwood Mac's greatest album of them all. The album was recorded around relationship chaos that occurred amongst the band members. The tremendous days they went through shaped the songs that were written and constructed the masterpiece that has been successful to this day.
At the time of Rumors, Stevie was off and on with Buckingham. Stevie has said that devastation leads to writing good things and that luckily enough, although they were going through terrible moments, those moments bore fruit, and we managed to create a lifetime masterpiece.
Fleet Wood & Mac
For the audience of Fleetwood Mac, on stage everything was looked through pink lends, however, behind the scenes, the waters were stormy. The five members of the band spend almost all day together.
Back in 1977, and for not too long, Stevie was involved with drummer, Mick Fleetwood. "Those were wild days, and we did wild things," Stevie admits. She says that Mick was a great love of hers, but the reality of those days just caused a lot of people around them, grief and pain.
Stevie's Time in The Hall of Fame
Stevie has broken a Rock N Roll record with being the only woman nominated twice in the hall of fame. In 1998, over 20 years ago, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of Fleetwood Mac.
In 2019, it happened again, this time as the first female artist with her solo career. She said at the time that she felt that a glass ceiling was broken thanks to her and the road for other female artists has been paved. Her solo career has earned enough awards to fill up any cabinet, and she archived this all by herself.
A Woman's Best friend
One of the things that keep Stevie Nicks warm and cozy are her furry companions. Throughout her life, she has owned a dog or two, and they have might have filled in that empty space in her heart, as she never had kids of her own.
The dogs she has had enjoyed going on tour with her, as they were never left behind. Her love for dogs is even translated in some of her songs, being mistakes for her affection to people in her life, by the listeners.
The Inspirations of Life
Stevie Nicks has the ability to write about anything anywhere. In one of her interviews, she said that she doesn't need many stimulations to start writing. She can literally sit on a bench in a park, see a bird feeding, or watch a couple walk hand in hand, and the next song is already on its way.
Most of her songs, if not all, are based on her own personal experiences, however, anyone's story can put her in the writing mode. She has the ability to relate to any incident that goes her way, and turn emotion into words.
More Than Just a Wedding Singer
Vanessa Carlton takes a big part in Stevie Nicks' life. Stevie has mentioned that she has had a significant relationship with Vanessa and that she takes part in many memorable moments in life. They both met around 2003 and worked in the same recording studious together.
Vanessa joined Stevie on tour occasionally, and when she got married in 2013, she had no other than Stevie to officiate. Stevie has mentioned on many occasions, that Vanessa is one of her best friends.
Culture Culture Culture
Like all people (who are not celebs) Stevie too has her favorite T.V shows, books, and movies. She enriches her time with timeless classics that make her life that much meaningful. American Idol and Glee are her first picks and she enjoys hearing covers of Fleetwood mac's songs on the show.
Stevie has a soft spot for the "General Hospital" and "The Muppet Show". Not too many know, that she also has a secret passion for dolls which she collects.
Christine McVie & Me
Christine McVie has often been described by Stevie Nicks as her mentor, big sister, and one of her best friends. McVie is Fleetwood Mac's keyboard player and fellow bandmate. She is also responsible for some of the band's songs that Nicks sang until McVie quit in 1998.
Nicks and McVie had the most steady relationship in the band. Throughout the wild seventies, these two stuck by one another, alongside the raucous times you would imagine that takes place in a Rockstar's life...oh an and boxes of Dunkin Doughnuts.
A Voice Like No Other's
Stevie Nicks has a voice that cannot be ignored. Her almost hoarse voice can easily be identified as she is one of a kind, But she has been through medical issues concerning her voice, and according to her doctors - her younger years of using illegal substances, have damaged her nasal cartilage.
Her signature singing voice required a lot of maintenance over the years and she had her fair share of criticism in regards to her vocal performance. On the other hand, singers from all over the world have often complimented her vocal abilities, saying that her voice is powerful and an inspiration to the whole industry.
The Royal Link
As if Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks (as a solo artist,) don't have between them enough great hits, there is one hit that could have been Stevie's, but foolishly she turned down the offer. This timeless piece of art became to be one of the best songs Prince is known for.
In the early 1980s, Prince featured in Stevie's' "Stand Back" track. She then asked Prince if they could collaborate again in the future, and the offer shortly arrived. He asked Stevie to write the lyrics for Purple Rain, but according to Nicks, she was too scared, and that it was too much for her.
Only a Musician Can Understand a Musician.
Stevie Nicks had dated many men over the years. Amongst others, she dated both members of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, and Mick Fleetwood. Out of them all, there was one that was the love of her life. The one she truly admired, Joe Walsh.
He was part of the Eagles who we are all familiar with and stands behind many famous pieces of music. It is no surprise that Nicks fell for Walsh the way she did, as only a musician can truly understand a musician.
Stevie & Tom
If you've ever wondered who did Stevie Nicks sing the massive hit "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" to, we are here to fill in the missing information. It was Tom Petty. They were never romantically linked, however, they had a strong platonic friendship f0r years.
Tom Petty passed away in 2017 and Stevie took this very hard. She said in one interview, that after his passing, her heart changed for good.
Stevie Goes Solo
In the early 1980s, times changed for Stevie Nicks. Although the collaboration with Fleetwood Mac was successful, she felt that something was missing and in 1981 she released her first solo album, Bella Donna. Nicks wasn't the only one in the band that held a solo career, as Fleetwood and Buckingham did it even before her.
The album was s huge success and she was crowned The Queen of Rock N Roll. Stevie says in one of her later interviews, that wanted to know she could do it without Fleetwood's support. She didn't want to rely on them totally and had to feel self-secure on her own.
In 1980, Stevie Nicks released the hit "Edge of Seventeen" from her debut album Bella Donna. She wrote this song following the passing of her dear uncle Jonathan, which occurred the same week John Lennon's life was taken in December 1980. It became a great hit and has been covered by many artists.
In 2011 "Destiny’s Child" (Beyonce's former girl band), released "Bootylicious" which used the signature guitar part from Stevie's Edge of Seventeen, and if that's not enough, Stevie even appeared on Bootylicious video.
Keeping Things Back Stage
Not all was a garden of roses when it comes to the story of Stevie and Lindsey. The year 1987 was a year to remember according to John MacVie. He says the tension between Nicks and Buckingham was so bad, it was impossible to ignore.
While on tour the two got into a physical altercation following Lindsey's decision to end their romantic relationship. Stevie has said on many occasions that their relationship was very intense and unhealthy at times.
Tango in the Night
The making of Fleetwood Mac's "Tango in the Night" carries with it lifetime stories that ended in the creation of a timeless album. It was in 1987, not long after Stevie left a rehab center after her long addiction to illegal substances. The recording of this album took place in Lindsay Buckingham's house, which Nicks found very uncomfortable.
Stevie recalls rehearsing vocals in Buckingham master bedroom, performing terribly and wishing she wasn't there. Despite all of the above, "Tango in the Night" became one of Fleetwood's greatest creations, with "Little Lies" turning into a massive hit all over the world.
You Are Beautiful Just the Way You Are!
Stevie Nicks has not gone down the cosmetic surgery route. In one interview she spoke of how she felt Botox ruined face. She claims the feeling she had was so unnatural and so unpleasant that she decided not to interfere with what nature has given her.
These days, she sticks to eye makeup she's been using the same way since she can remember herself. Stevie has appeared on numerous guest shows and shred her daily routine. Never goes to bed with makeup on, and doesn't expose her face to the sun.
Ladies, All the Ladies
Stevie has discovered a unique way to deal with the effects of getting older. Like all women her age, menopause did not pass her by, and she as well suffers from hot flashes and hormonal instability. So, instead of turning to herbal teas, natural hormonal substances, or exercise, she has the perfect comforter and pain relief.
According to Nicks, Being on stage is the best cure for menopause cramps and all the other stuff that comes with it. Those two hours of performing help her get through the day, and the minute she gets offstage, the nausea feeling comes back as if it never left.
The End of Album Making
Fleetwood Mac has been touring for years but has not released a new album since 2004 ( in 2018 they released a reissue). In one of Stevie Nicks' latest interviews, she said that she can't see herself in a rehearsal room recording a new album.
She said the way music is absorbed these days is so different than what she grew up on and built her career around, that she prefers to go on tour, make loads of money and have fun.
Music Will Go On Forever
As far as Stevie is concerned, she will work until she drops. Performing, making music, and appearing on television, fill her soul and complete her life. She doesn't understand why opera singers can't perform until they are way past their 70th birthday, and when it comes to rock stars, there is always a remark that follows.
She says that as long as her legs can carry her, she will carry on making music. That the day she feels that making music is accompanied by stress or discomfort, only then she will consider slowing down, but until then, there is a lot of music to make.
The Days of Purple Haze
Not many know this, but before Fleetwood Mac, there was Fritz. Fritz was her high school band together with Lindsey Buckingham and a few other less familiar names such as Javier Pachecho, Bob Aguirre, and Brian Kane. Surprisingly (or not) Fritz opened in one concert for the legendary Jimi Hendrix and the one and only Janis Joplin.
Stevie Nick says that Hendrix and Joplin influenced her tremendously and have affected her writing and singing styles without a doubt.
Buckingham and Nicks go all the way back to high school together. They met in the 1960s. She joined his band "Fritz" as a lead singer. Only after "Fritz" broke up, they became a romantic couple.
During the 1970's they created the duo "Buckingham Nicks" which wasn't such a great hit. In late 1974, they both joined Fleetwood Mac as a guitar player and vocals. By the time the album "Rumours" came out in 1977, the two split up and ended their love story.
Don Henley was one of Stevie's lover-boys. She dated the Eagles drummer and vocalist for a while which never turned into a great love story but did privilege them with a lifetime friendship. In 1979 Stevie went through difficult days, which ended up with a miscarriage as a result of their relationship.
Fleetwood Mac's song "Sara" was inspired by those events. Going through the lyrics of Sara, Stevie's grief is felt, as this was probably one of her darkest moments in life.
Life's Small Surprises
In 1989 Stevie started to record her fourth solo album, "The Other Side of the Mirror" It turned out to be a huge commercial success and was based on the classic "Alices Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carrol.
The year 1989 brought to Stevie a lot more than just a new album. Rupert Hine was her record producer, and alongside the newborn record, a new affair was born as well. The romance lasted for a while, and Rupert was the inspiration behind her hit single "Rooms on Fire".
And The Grammy Goes To...
Stevie Nicks has been nominated for no less than eight Grammy Awards under the Female Rock Vocal Performance category. Unfortunately, she has never won, she did however win the Glamour Award for Outstanding Contribution. At least Fleetwood Mac got a Grammy for album of the year.
She has had countless hit songs during her solo career that reached No. one all over the world. "Edge of Seventeen" and "Stop Dragging My Heart Around."
Top to Toe
Stevie Nick's has always had her unique style and dress. She worked and developed her style closely with a designer, during the first year after joining Fleetwood Mac. She always has gloves on (preferably leather or lace ones), long dresses, and a shawl, all making up her signature look.
You can always find her in long skirts, baggy pants, oversized tops, and platform boots. In her younger days, she might have been spotted wearing red or pink, but these days, there are only a few colors that she will have. All shades of black.
Ever since joining Fleetwood Mac, Stevie has been keeping a journal which she updates daily. Nicks says that amongst others, her journal sums up the things the band went through, through her eyes.
When on tour, she keeps a separate one and hands bandmembers her poems and thoughts when the tour is over. They are not aware of her writing her daily thoughts and feelings and it is given to them as a gift.
The Crazy Aunt From the West
Stevie (from choice) has no children of her own. She believes her mission in life is to bring music into the world and to make other mums' lives happy and rich in lyrics and tunes.
She is surrounded by her nieces, nephews, and kids of friends, and she is considered to be "The Crazy Aunt". Her extended family fills her heart with joy and love, so the duty and blessing of having kids and the duty and blessing of making music are equally distributed.
Over the years, Stevie has spent a hefty amount of medical bills. Not long after she joined Fleetwood, her music development was incredible, but for personal matters and her health, things went downhill for her.
Only her doctor's warning made her realize she must change her ways in life, or she would permanently harm herself. After years of self-destruction, she got her act together and has been leading a clean and meaningful life.
Mother Dear Mother
Barbara Nicks, her mother, made all of Stevie's dreams come true. According to Nicks, she made everything possible and stood by her despite the hardships.
Barbara Nicks would read Stevie fairy tales and stories which enhanced Stevie's ability to express herself through words and lyrics and made her the songwriter she is known for.
Backups For Life
Ever since "Bella Donna' was released, Stevie collaborated with female singers regularly. She found comfort and security with female backup singers who have always enriched and completed her art and creations.
Lori Perry and Sharon Celani have contributed their vocals to each and every solo album Nicks has released. It's great when you have good partners to create beautiful things in life Stevie remarked.
Band of Soldiers
There is never a dull moment in Stevie's life, and besides being a magnificent musician, she shares her time with noble charity work in a nonprofit organization, assisting wounded soldiers.
A massive number of iPods were purchased and granted to the soldiers, all preloaded with loads of classic hits. We wonder how many of her own hits were uploaded to the iPods before being given away...
Some Things Are Meant to Be
Even though she never had kids of her own, and despite the fact that she only married once, Stevie was still given the opportunity in life to put a kid through college (and we all know that's not an easy thing to do these days.)
Stevie paid for the college fees of Robinson's son. His Son's mother was Stevie's best friend who passed away shortly after giving birth. Life has wonderful ways of showing us, that everything has a reason, even if we find it sometimes, hard to see.
One of Stevie Nicks' best songs is with no doubt "Landslide". The song is about her rollercoaster relationship with Lindsey Buckingham while they were struggling through difficult times.
The song also reflects her thoughts of giving up on her career as at some stage, it was going absolutely nowhere. Although the song is not about her father, she says that this was his favorite one and that she always dedicated it to him.
We Only Live Once
A few years back, Stevie was offered a chance to appear on a television show, and she could not refuse. In 2014 she appeared for the first time in her life on the small screen.
Two episodes of "American Horror Stories" practically sum up this episode in her life, playing a fictional version of herself. Stevie, stick to music.
A Dip in the Sea
"Rock N Roll Crusin" was published in 1988, featuring rock musicians' personal recipes, among them was Stevie Nicks' Fiesta Dip. This dish is one of her favorite and she was happy to share it with the world. Other Fleetwood Mac members shred their recipes too.
In 2004 Nicks joined Weight Watchers and started to return to her natural sizes. She says these days, that she is happy with the way she looks and feels.
Grand Woman Stick Together
One of Stevie's greatest influences is Michelle Obama. She admires Obama's optimism and wisdom and how she so gracefully uprooted her life and supported her husband.
Many people have left their mark on Stevie's world, and although Michell Obama is a few years younger than Nicks, she still in many ways looks up to her.
60 Going on 40
A few years ago, Nicks was offered s guest star role on Glee (one of her favorite shows) but she refused because she was worried she would look too old. A few years later, the proposal came up again and this time she agreed to join the cast.
She was supposed to play a 40-year-old woman, taking in mind that she was over 60 when this offer came along. Stevie has touched the TV world, just like she does with every endeavor!
Instagram: Welcome to the Real World
Instagram has been a part of life for some time now. Over a decade. Stevie's Instagram account - hasn't. Her first ever post on Instagram was uploaded in 2018, and since then we haven't seen too much activity. Maybe it's the generation gap, maybe its lack of technology knowledge, whatever the reason is, Stevie prefers to stick to her journal.
The funny thing is, with less than 20 posts on her account, this megastar has almost 200K followers. Shocking.
The Greatest Woman of Them All
Stevie has been super active on the road since 2009 and planned to take a year off. When 2020 came around, it was the perfect opportunity. The artist expressed that she wants to do and create, but one thing is for sure, she doesn't want to tour. That part of life needs a break.
She is working on a book that might turn into a movie, she is eager to start working with some producers and see where life takes her. So, although Stevie has passed her 70th birthday, she is busy as always, creating her mark in music history.